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Fay Victor Ensemble and Greene Avenue Music Release “Absinthe & Vermouth” November 5th

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Cover Art“The whole thing is as if Joni Mitchell wrote lyrics for a lost Betty Carter prog-rock album — and it totally works.”
-Patrick Jarenwattananon, 10 Greatest Moments from Jazz Recordings in 2009, NPR Jazz

Absinthe & Vermouth, is the third release of vocalist/composer Fay Victor’s flagship group the Fay Victor Ensemble will be released on November 5, 2013 on Greene Avenue Music. The new album reflects a change in instrumentation and an evolution of the compositions and presentation since 2009’s critically acclaimed The FreeSong Suite. While The FreeSong Suite went for blurred lines between the compositions,  Absinthe & Vermouth are whole pieces and song combinations where blurred lines are integral to the core of these new compositions.

We live in a wacky world where random things come and go, sometimes without rhyme or reason. We highly intelligent beings have worked hard for millennia to try and make sense of it all but still the essence of ‘it’ feels just beyond our grasp.  Absinthe & Vermouth relishes this situation as a breeding ground to observe the world as a topsy-turvy universe full of strange and beautiful stories. Pieces such as “Big Bag” reveals secrets held in plain sight, “Robot Clown” exposes the rigid smile of modern day life and “Crystal” glorifies that one moment so wonderful you never want to let it go.  Absinthe & Vermouth further highlights the sheer acumen and virtuosity of its members – vocalist Fay Victor, one of the most flexible vocalists in improvised music and jazz whose style has been described  as “artistically complete” (Ben Ratliff,  The New York Times), “…at the vanguard of jazz singers” (Robert Iannapollo, Signal to Noise), Victor’s “soulful, emotive delivery combines with avant-tinged invention, placing her alongside great vocal innovators like Betty Carter, Jeanne Lee, Sheila Jordan” (John Kelman, and “one of the most extraordinary vocalists on the scene today” (Jerome Wilson, Cadence). Guitarist Anders Nilsson who “plucks spidery figures and dissonant clusters that loom like an overcast sky” (Time Out Chicago) and double bassist Ken Filiano, whom Cadence founder Robert Rusch says is “a master of technique [who] has unleashed an emotional depth in the last couple of years to make him one of creative improvising music’s most formidable bassists.”  This eight year old working unit operating with the most mundane of jazz instrumentations while turning the possibilities of that sound on its head through sonic and orchestral explorations, contrapuntal interplay, instrumental passages, wordful and wordless improvising and tight compositions all underpinning stories about the world from their unique perspective.


Marco Cappelli and Tzadik Records Announce October 22nd Release of Le Stagioni del Commissario Ricciardi

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-08-08 at 12.31.57 AMInspired By A Countryman’s Novels, 
Italian Guitarist Marco Cappelli Releases 
Le Stagioni del Commissario Ricciardi
October 22nd on Tzadik Records

Featuring His Acoustic Trio with 
Bassist Ken Filiano and 
Percussionist Satoshi Takeishi

Guitarist and composer Marco Cappelli has a long history of working with literature. His first album with his Acoustic Trio, Les Nuages en France(Mode Records), was based on the work of French novelist Fred Vargas. On the trio’s 2011 European tour, their performance in Cappelli’s hometown of Naples was part of a literary series.

Author Maurizio De Giovanni was invited by the curator, and read texts while Cappelli, bassist Ken Filiano and percussionist Satoshi Takeishiimprovised. As a present to celebrate the success of the impromptu collaboration, de Giovanni gave Cappelli his four novels, Le stagioni del Commissario Riccardi (“The four seasons of Detective Ricciardi”). “I went deep into Maurizio’s stories,” Cappelli says, “and found them to be impressive, for his style as well as their setting in 1930s Naples. I decided that Detective Ricciardi would be my next inspiration for the Acoustic Trio.”


Marco Cappelli Acoustic Trio Releases “Les Nuages En France” on Mode Records; NYC Release Party May 1st

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Guitarist Marco Cappelli Releases Les Nuages En France,
With His Acoustic Trio Featuring Ken Filiano & Satoshi Takeishi
On Mode Records’ Avant Series

With Music Inspired By The Crime Novels of Fred Vargas

New York City CD Release Party
May 1, 2011 – 7:30 PM
85 Avenue A (between 5th & 6th Streets)
New York, NY 10019
(212) 777-1157


Fully Altered Media **Spring 2011** Release Schedule

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011


Chris Parrello –Things I Wonder (Stray Dog Music) – January 25
Chris Parrello – guitars, compositions; Karlie Bruce – vocals/lyrics; Ian Young – saxophones; Kevin Thomas – bass; Aviv Cohen – drums; Rubin Kodheli – cello; Greg Glassman – trumpet; Rich Hinman – pedal steel


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